Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

First Advisor

Nathan Heuer

Second Advisor

BA Harrington

Third Advisor

Ivan Fortushniak


The way in which human consciousness interacts with the external environment is subjective and individual. As we perceive and interact with the world, there is a contrast between our subjective interpretation of external stimuli and the objectivity of the external world. I examine this idea through the perspectives of phenomenology, environmental psychology, the work of contemporary deadpan photographers, and the historic genre of Romantic painting. My intention in this body of work is to draw attention to the varied and complex nature of our interaction with the external environment.